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RATINGS: 3875   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russiaís Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. Itís a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.

The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling itóA sincere friend is not born instantly.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bark (255) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2005
Bottle. The colour is pitch dark; the beige-brown foam forms a thin compact head.

The smell is dry and robust with flavours of coffee, lemons, liquorice, roasted malt, white bread, and porridge rolled oats.

The carbonation is fresh and surprisingly strong, but it suits the beer fine.

The first taste is a creamy one with a touch of cocoa. It develops into a dry, very bitter flavour with some citric notes. The body is rather weak, or is it just hiding below all that bitterness? The aftertaste is long and generous with a touch of alcohol, a sourish, burned bitterness and some black coffee.

A fine (very American) stout, but I could wish for some more body.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malakeo (2) - Burien, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2005 does not count
Slightly inconsistent year-to-year but a solid imperial stout nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tejas (909) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2005
A tad thinner/lighter than I expected - not as creamy either. Nevertheless, itís very good. Tasted on draught & bottle. Draught version has more flavor & more flavors are noticed. Palate is sort of dry. Slight alcohol flavor too. Maybe this needs some age???????

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2005
The most familiar thing I can associate with the aroma is rasians with some chocolate. This was a good beer, a tad lighter than I expected. Nice medium sized head with a dark brown colour. Great fruity taste with a bitt too much alcohol taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Deep chocolate and ruddy pour. Quickly diminishing light brown head, with light lacing. Wafts of chocolate even before the glass is taken to the nose, unfortunately alcohol dominates the true aroma. Very strong roasted coffee flavor, backed with black current and bittersweet chocolate. Alcohol isnít overwhelming in the nose or on the palate. Leaves delectable burnt malt aftertaste. A little watery for an Imperial Stout in my opinion.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2005
I would have given this one perfect marks across the board had it not had such a strong alcohol presence. There isnít much else I can say that hasnít been said about this beer already. Try it and see why this is so highly rated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsniclas (5912) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2005
Bottled. Black with a rather short, beige head. Salty aroma; licorice, juniper berries, chocolate... Really full-bodied with burnt flavour; chocolate, hazelnuts, salty and hoppy. Also some sourish fruitiness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 a delicious stout. deep brown murky color with nutty/roasty nose. a full flavor with chocolate and coffee hints. the best stout i have had the privalege of tasting.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Oh yes, this is a beer worthy of a man and a good steak. Full bodied, pours black with a small brown head. Large aroma of roasted chocolate, coffee, and some alcohol. Tasted is like that of many fine stouts with a thick coffee and dark chocolate maybe even a little wine/fruit taste but it is the biggest tasting stout Iíve tried. The flavor really explodes for lack of a better word. Also this beer is reasonably priced for such a high alcohol content and quality. Beware the warming in thy stomach good man!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Poured black with no light coming through this one.. Very small chocolate colored head. smells of roasted malts and chocolate with a hint of coffee. Nice thick coffee flavor with sweet malt and a hoppy finish. Also has a bitter chocolate/coffee aftertaste. Nice heavy stout!!


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